MPH Programs

MPH Environmental and Occupational Health

Humans are as healthy as the environment in which they live. Environmental health focuses on assessing the public health risks associated biological, chemical and physical hazards in natural and built environments.

The master of public health (MPH) degree in environmental and occupational health provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to investigate and manage these human health hazards, in an effort to reduce their exposure and promote healthy living.
Students will be trained in the theories, concepts and practices of exposure evaluation and health risk assessment.

Graduates from this program emerge with broad skill sets in environmental health, in addition to fundamental training in epidemiology, health policy and management, biostatistics and health promotion. Graduates work with health practitioners, researchers and policy makers to develop, evaluate and monitor health policies, programs and practices related to healthy environments.

Our graduates find employment within various organizations as risk assessors, occupational health specialists and food safety experts. Employment is found in the private sector (environmental consultants, occupational health professional), provincial/national public health agencies, and environmental institutes and agencies.

Core Courses

These courses are required in order to complete this program.

SPH 500 - Introduction to Health Policy and Management (*3) 
SPH 501 - Determinants of Health (*3)
SPH 514 - Introduction to Environmental Health (*3)
SPH 531 - Statistical Methods in Health Research (*3)
SPH 597 - Fundamentals of Epidemiology for Public Health (*3)
SPH 598 - Field Practicum (*6)
SPH 599 - Capping Project (*3)

Specialization Courses

These courses are required for this specialization.

SPH 506 - Public Health Biology (*3)
SPH 511 - Environmental Contaminant Exposure Assessment (*3)
SPH 512 - Environmental Risk Assessment and Management (*3)
SPH 522 - Principles of Toxicology (*3)


Students are required to complete *9 of graduate level coursework, approved by their advisor. For more information, see Electives.

Length of Program

The minimum time required to complete the program is 16 months. The maximum time permitted for completion of the program is six years (full or part time) from the date of first registration.